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Liverpool Anarchist #16

Latest issue of the Liverpool Anarchist with articles about the £20 benefits cut, a university strike, conscientious objectors in Walton Jail and resistance to the arms trade.

The Food Stamps Explosion

Timothy Reynolds' 1980 book-length masters thesis exploring the food stamps (now known as SNAP) program from the perspective of class composition and class struggle. The thesis was completed under Harry Cleaver and is a powerful addition to the history of claimant struggles in the States in the 1970s. Reynolds' work also provides a methodological example of applying autonomist concepts to concrete struggles and drawing important lessons from that lens.

Edinburgh's Other Tattoo - Ellis D. Hayes

A forensic representation of Bowed Joseph Smith

The story of Bowed Joseph Smith, notorious cobbler and rabble rouser in Edinburgh in the 1780s.

Bowed Joseph is said to have returned to support people resisting the eviction of Edinburgh Unemployed Workers Centre in 1994...

Why the abuse of benefits claimants is hurting ALL workers

An article from Plymouth Solidarity Federation, looking at the current benefits regime and giving some suggestions for organising against it.

London Workers Group Bulletin #13 February 1983

An issue of the LWG bulletin from 1983. Contents include NHS Dispute, ASLEF strike, Work or Dole?, Correspondence, Unemployed Groups, Press Agency job report, The Economic Crisis.

Curing The English Disease

In 1976, the Labour Prime Minister James Callaghan declared that the "English disease" of indiscipline and labour militancy was undermining the profitability of UK capital. Curing the "English disease" became the raison d’etre of the ruling class.

Article on New Labour and plans for resistance from Black Flag #220 (2001)

Communities of resistance unite! The Edinburgh Unemployed Workers Centre (1980-1994)

This paper looks into the history of the Edinburgh Unemployed Workers Centre (EUWC) and the struggles of anti-authoritarian revolutionary groups in Edinburgh during the 1980s and early 1990s. Grassroots and direct action oriented groups started to organise together in the early 1980s against the various attacks on the working class. They were often based in the EUWC and developed highly sophisticated forms of community resistance which culminated in their crucial role in the Poll Tax rebellion.

The social factory / falling wall review #5 - Cleveland Modern Times Group

Falling Wall Review #5, UK, 1976. Rare pamphlet from Falling Wall Press, publisher of Marxist feminists such as Selma James and Silvia Federici. Issue includes The Social Factory statement from Cleveland Modern Times Group and writing from Silvia Federici among others.

Asylum Seekers in Dover: Part Two - Bigotry in the UK

40 National Front supporters protest against asylum seekers in Dover, 1997

1998 Black Flag article about asylum seekers, New Labour, the local community in Dover, fascist and anti-fascist protests.